Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dr. Gray releases monograph!

Please congratulate Dr. Richard Gray on his recent publication -  he just published his monograph Francophone African Poetry and Drama: A Cultural History since the 1960s. 

The Preface reads:

"I would be negligent if I did not acknowledge the individuals who have supported me throughout the research and writing phases of this book. Thank you to the staff at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris who illuminated my experience during my visit in 2012. The vast collection of African art objects held there served as the inspiration for my research. I would like to thank my departmental colleagues Jen, Bill, Barb, Mary, and Lina for respecting the time restrictions under which this project had placed me. Thank you to my students who helped me to develop my ideas in the courses that I taught in French and Francophone literature and culture in the Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters at Denison University and at Ashland University. Thank you to my close friend and colleague, Mike, who has always pushed me to research and to write even when I have been under the yoke of a heavy teaching load. Thank you to my parents, my in-laws, my sister and her family. You have helped me in more ways that you will ever know. My most heartfelt thanks go to my wife, Andrea, and to my four children, Geneviève, Madeleine, Catherine, and RJ. Andrea, you have provided continuous support for my teaching and scholarship and have helped me to navigate the road of life. Geneviève, Madeleine, Catherine, and RJ, you are the future of this planet. I sincerely hope that one day you will inherit the world that Nelson Mandela had envisioned; one that is full of peace, hope, and love." (Preface)

Thank you Dr. Gray for sharing your expertise 
with Ashland University!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Join us tonight for the screening of The Return

THE RETURN (El Regreso)
Hernán Jiménez / Costa Rica / 95 min / 2011 / Spanish with English subtitles
Monday, September 15, 2014 Auditorium 7:00 PM
The Return is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30 year-old Antonio returns to San José where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda--whose husband recently abandoned her--and their young son Inti--who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated.

The Spanish language film festival has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Pragda Spanish Film club grant  and thanks to the collaboration of the Departments of Foreign Languages, English, History and Political Sciences, Global Education, The Center for Nonviolence, AU Core, Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Iota.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alumni update!

French minor and 2014 AU graduate Margaret (Meg) Collier and Dr. Gray visit before Meg's trip abroad to France this fall where she will teach English for 7 months through the Teaching Assistant Program in France! Best of luck Meg!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Join us tonight 9/10/14 for the screening of Even the Rain!


EVEN THE RAIN (También la Lluvia)
Icíar Bollaín / Spain / 104 min / 2011 / Spanish with English subtitles
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Ronk Shar Lecture 7 PM
Filmmaker Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth century Taino chief, also becomes a leader in the water hike protests. Spanish submission for the 2012 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award.